Five Instances Your “Free” Education Software May Actually Cost You by @edsby


If a software company wants to give its product away free to educators, that’s a good thing for schools, teachers and students, right? Schools and boards will forego free software for the right software.

Whether synchronous online course activities meet accessibility guidelines may depend on how you use them.

IT Bill

Using such tools as Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, etc. Our campus recently adopted a policy that essentially requires all online instruction meet accessibility guidelines. to be read by screen-reader software. CC-BY Public.Resource.Org on Flickr.

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)


A “search the Commons” feature is also a great resource for locating usably licensed content that can be adapted, remixed, or reproduced according to clearly defined guidelines. For OER software, the GNU General Public License indicates openly available resources.

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Adobe Flash End of Life & the Threat to Education


For over 25 years, Adobe has been one of the largest and most diversified software companies in the world. Many of their technologies are in our school computers, software programs, and internet applications we use every day. Countless software and computer applications used Flash.

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How Crowdfunding Is Matching Teacher Requests to District Tech Policies


Policies, technical guidelines and even legal fine print can occasionally throw monkey wrenches into school requests for resources, particularly on the technology side (imagine requesting a Windows tablet only to find the district doesn’t support that operating system). We are moving to Chromebooks, plus different brands and software, so we require management licenses,” she explains, referring to the subscription offerings Google requires to make its technology work.

Accepting the Default?

The Principal of Change

The employees had all taken a computer proficiency test, which assessed their knowledge of keyboard shortcuts, software programs, and hardware, as well as a timed test of their typing speed.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Business and technology have become truly complementary: Forbes gives the example of engine manufacturers relying on software to push forward production. There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby


Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? Google Classroom for assignment submission, Twitter for homework notification. If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach.

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What to Look for When Purchasing an Education Projector

ViewSonic Education

Interactive software, which varies by manufacturer, lets multiple users interact at the same time. The added pixels make these education projectors a great fit for detailed source content such as web pages, presentations, spreadsheet data and design software.

It's Time for K–12 Schools to Change the Integration Conversation

EdTech Magazine

I just did a quick search on Google and found several districts using both products. Rather than asking whether a system will work with a specific other system, using the following questions as guidelines will close some of the loopholes mentioned above and ensure that you get the interoperability you need: . For which data standards has your software achieved certification? It's Time for K–12 Schools to Change the Integration Conversation. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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What parents should ask teachers about technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Who picks the digital apps, software, extensions, and programs used in the classes? This might include a desktop/laptop computer, Wifi, and an ereader, as well as software, apps, extensions, and bookmarked websites used to complete schoolwork.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


ITSLEARNING AND GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION ( ) & ( ) itslearning announced its collaboration with Google for Education, delivering the first phase of a comprehensive technology roadmap. Clever provides a single sign-on for all software used in school.

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What’s New


Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. She also created a system through Google Classroom for them to easily submit materials and documentation electronically. “It’s How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: July 26, 2017 These 3 practices revolutionized Penn Manor's school culture | → Free and open source software is the catalyst for Penn Manor School District's award-winning student learning programs. She said the age of 13 was related purely to the federal regulation, not safety or childhood development guidelines.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The application is free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Digital Surveillance Systems Help Keep K–12 Students, Staff Safe from Harm

EdTech Magazine

The principal of each school determines where cameras are placed, ­following a few basic guidelines; for example, there are no cameras in classrooms or bathrooms, he says. Because the new cameras are cloud-based, there’s no troublesome software to install to manage the video feed ; administrators just call up a browser-based dashboard to view video on their computer or phone. “So, Google+. Digital Surveillance Systems Help Keep K–12 Students, Staff Safe from Harm.

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Weekend Reading: Pollen Edition


The study has wide-reaching implications for advertising giants like Facebook and Google, which increasingly find themselves under pressure to disclose more about their targeting practices." Happy Friday! Whoa, how did it get to be mid-May already? Is your semester over, yet?

Part 1: Thinglink is Bringing VR to Every Classroom!

The above Thinglink VR is a 360° virtual field trip of the Pearl Harbor Memorial that I created as an example, complete with audio recordings, YouTube videos, images, text, and even a Google Doc to cite the sources.

How We Built Our School Makerspace

Fractus Learning

In schools, Makerspaces have increased in popularity, housing a variety of materials from low-tech arts and crafts to high-tech software and electronics for students to experiment with and build their own designs.

MIND Research launches K-12 math game-a-thon

eSchool News

A recorded Google Hangout hosted by STEMconnector, Leveraging Game-based Learning to Increase STEM Engagement, introduces previous Game-a-thon participants, along with insights on game development from parents, teachers and a professional game designer. “We’re

Want Kids to Be Kind on Social Media? Let Them Chat

Graphite Blog

Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology: They all have a chat feature. As for me, I use the social media aspects of Destiny, my library management software. They are very good at helping each other out and pointing out when students are not following the class-created guidelines.

Happy Connected Educator Month


We also developed projects and presentations using various software programs. We all were required to follow a rigid set of guidelines that were actually rules, not guides. Two days later, we all joined each other''s company in a Google Hangout to continue the conversation.

How One Educator Found Work-Life Balance By Teaching Online—From Her Living Room


There you're trying to meet the needs of everyone in the classroom and meet guidelines and expectations, and you want to have high test scores. Google Chrome browser or DaDaClass software. World maps, colorful letter charts and a felt animal poster line the walls of LaShundra Wigfall’s classroom. Toy cars, her puppet (BaBa the sheep) and other teaching props lay waiting for her to bring them to life with her jovial voice and infectious energy.

Infuse Middle School Science with Project-Based Learning

Graphite Blog

The design criteria and constraints also act as a rubric, providing students a guideline for successful completion of the project. During the brainstorming phase, groups create and share a Google Drive document so that all group members can contribute ideas. Design and modeling can be low-tech, using paper and pencil, or high-tech, using design software. Even though it's a group project, individual design submission ensures all students are learning the software.

Makerspace Starter Kit Updated

The Daring Librarian

but after a couple months of a wasted materials (ex: uncompleted duct tape raincoats that ended up in a sticky ball) and some messy LEGO behavior, I realized we did indeed need a few guidelines. No software needed! Link on profile or Twitter Or Google: The Daring Librarian-Cheers!

Agile Development, Meet Online Learning

The Electric Educator

Lately I have been thinking about Agile Software development. In a nutshell, Agile development is a software development philosophy that favors incremental development and response to change over planning, documentation, and final-release software.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association , "[a]ssistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities." On Google OS (Chromebooks), go to Settings > Advanced > Manage accessibility features. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. "Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!"

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Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward

iterating toward openness

The internet’s early designers were not trying to facilitate the creation of a Google, Facebook, Amazon, WordPress, Wikipedia, or OpenCourseWare. Institutions can modify their tenure and promotion guidelines to directly recognize and reward faculty for the creation and sharing of OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

of Maryland Removes ‘Misogynistic’ Guidelines for TAs.” Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Google and Udacity Offering 5,000 Scholarships for Nanodegree Programs.” Via Wired : “Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI , With China ’s Help.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. ” Edsurge points to new guidelines for education companies participating in Y Combinator ’s startup accelerator program. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Though my subscriber number reaches well over 1,000, I''ve been planning on doing a give-away once my Google Friend Connect number reached 1,000. Students can write about whichever topic they wish, so long as they stay within the guidelines.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8 Education Politics.